Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Global Presence and National Action

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World Resources Institute (WRI)

Any city where a WRI office is located

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Role Managed by:

Cora Hui

Research Associate

t: +1 416 522 8574


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit and Social Impact Practice

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 04/02/2022

The stakes could not be higher in the coming decisive decade. Not only must we recover from the COVID-19 health pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, we must achieve the vision set out by the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. As such, we are redoubling our efforts, working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization with a mission to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Our vision is global, focused on investments and strategies that create a just transition, creating shared prosperity and equity for people around the world while rapidly decarbonizing the economy to slow climate change. Our work spans more than 50 countries, with 12 offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our nearly 1600 experts and staff turn big ideas into action.

With a new President & CEO at the helm, WRI is about to develop its next five-year strategy. We recognize the opportunity this offers for strategic alignment and direction across our global network, becoming a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable organization, to invest in our staff, support systems and innovation, and to enhance the productivity of our teams by unlocking and expediting decision-making processes and breaking down silos. Success will demand strong, effective leadership and management. WRI has an extraordinary opportunity to assemble a senior team of proven leaders to guide the development of our next strategy and equip us tackle the challenges ahead in four distinct clusters. Four roles have been created meet our growing organization’s needs.

One of these roles is the Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Global Presence and National Action who will ensure our country strategies are supported to deliver quality research and on-the-ground collective action needed for just transition in every country WRI is active. You will lead our organization’s geographical presence in pursuit of our global impact. WRI has an institutional presence in China, India, Brazil, Netherlands, UK, Indonesia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Kenya, Colombia, and the US. We also have project offices in DRC, Turkey, and Madagascar.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing a vibrant, healthy network across all the geographies in which we work so they replicate WRI’s DNA, are fully supported and equipped for delivery.
  • Unifying collectively coordinated geographical and programmatic units.
  • Ensuring that all country office have equal influence, balanced with autonomy in influencing research and interventions leading to system-wide change for a just transition that puts people at the center.
  • Leading interaction and collaboration between our offices, so that WRI’s work at the country level creates maximum impact, generates thought leadership, south-south collaboration, and learning.
  • Setting clear, ambitious strategic objectives and provide leadership to optimize the performance of WRI’s geographic presence by tapping into country specific insights.
  • Ensuring allocation of funding and resources across our global presence to deliver multi-geographic solutions.

Person specification:

This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, influential, and humble leader, with strong understanding of the challenges operating in a multi-country environment. Should have experience in managing subsidiary operations and independent legal entities.

The successful candidate has a deep understanding of technical, policy and equity issues related to the environment and economic development, with a track record of quality, credible, ethical, and respected work around these issues in various continents of the world and with different governmental, private-sector, NGO, and civil society constituencies.

This leader naturally connects, builds, and maintains strong and trusting relationships; seeks and promotes south-south programmatic collaboration; and fosters a culture of innovation and cross-cultural sharing and learning.

Our Managing Director and Executive Vice President for Global Presence and National Action has excellent judgment; is comfortable and determined in setting priorities and overseeing multiple strategies in a highly collaborative environment; and is able to make confident decisions that fairly balance a variety of factors and to navigate confidently in ambiguous or challenging situations.

WRI has a diverse workforce of people who share common values and goals, have a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the issues on which the organization works, and a keen appreciation of the political and cultural contexts that determine how decisions are made. In each of WRI’s programs and in all the countries where it works, WRI’s people forge partnerships with diverse stakeholders to advance shared goals. Because the fight against climate change and racial injustice are inseparable, WRI recognizes the need to engage with people from all races and ethnicities, cultures, socio-economic statuses, and other identities to realize WRI’s vision.